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Final Product // ATTIGO TT

Is Technology Destroying The Art Of DJing? …..who knows…but it does give us new tools for the manipulation of sound & music.

The ATTIGO TT was created by Scott Hobbs, a student at Dundee University studying innovative product design. For his final year project he’s created a touch screen turntable that lets DJ’s loop, sample and scratch wave forms just as you would a record. The size of the touchtable is approximately the same as a standard turntable, making the physical interaction nearly the same. Where this takes off is in the flexibility and features included right at your fingertips, no longer locked up on a computer screen. The ATTIGO TT is currently a working prototype, and Scott is looking for manufacturers to partner with.

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“DJ Hero” – add’s DJ shadow & Z-trip to the game!


As the countdown beings to the release of “DJ Hero,” Activision’s forthcoming turntablist counterpart to “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band,” a few details are beginnging to emerge, including a new website, Twitter account, and a SXSW appearance by DJ Shadow.

Gaming site Kotaku has been diligent about mapping out the hardware details recently, including the many iterations of the DJ controller, arguably the most important factor in the success of this new franchise. The big question, however, has still remained: which famous all-star DJ will be ‘the’ DJ Hero.

Z-Trip and DJ Shadow are two of the DJs who will appear as avatars in Activision’s forthcoming “DJ Hero” video game, according to a Daily Swarm source involved in the game’s development. Both have had a role in developing and testing the game’s controller as well as programming and licensing the music.

Daft Punk and Mixmaster Mike are rumored to be part of the game too, but their participation remains unconfirmed. Despite early reports of DJ Tiesto’s inclusion in the game, the Dutch trance merchant’s role has since been lessened or abandoned entirely.

Activision plans to ship 1.5 million units of the game when it hits the shelves this June, according to our sources. This shows a considerable amount of confidence that the music gaming market is compiled of more than standard-fare rock fans, and that there is a large audience of wanna-be DJs. Can MTV’s version be far behind?


Fretless Fader Midi Prototype with Vestax Controller One

JohnBeez is a clever chap. Being a strong and tireless proponent of Vestax’s Controller One MIDI turntable combo, his mind clearly went off on a related tangent and set about making his flight of fancy into a reality. The result is a Vestax PMC06, where the whole crossfader is mounted on a rail mechanism which itself is a MIDI pitch fader. Genius. CHECK THE FUCKING VID!

Skratchworx HQ ponder all kinds of crazy fader mods – doing things that they’re not really supposed to do, but JohnBeez’s particular function never cropped up before, and is just so logical. Of course, this doesn’t need a Controller One to work – it could be done with a PDX-3000, but having MIDI pitch at hand as well as the C1’s pitch buttons can only make the life of a scratch musician that little bit more interesting.

No word yet on whether this is a strictly one off homebrew project, built to order jobbie or will be picked up by Vestax. I’m sure John will make things clear for us in due course.

“This is the first public view of the Fretless Fader system I designed for use with the Controller One (posted February 22, 2009). With this you can cut and change notes through 2 octaves without taking your hands away from the vinyl and fader. Big thanks to Gizmo at for the feature! Stay tuned for an in depth look in the next vid.” JohnBeez

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